Poppy Matters

For separated parents and care givers, determining Christmas arrangements can be fraught. It may be your first year juggling not only your extended family arrangements, but also managing your own separation and how it affects your Christmas plans.

Lindbloms Lawyers recommends that, where safe and appropriate, parents and care givers turn their mind to discussing and attempting to agree Christmas and school holiday arrangements as soon as possible.

If you are unable to reach an agreement and Court intervention is required, it is important to know that this must be done by 4pm on 10 November 2023. This will be your final opportunity to bring an application seeking parenting orders relating to the school holiday period beginning in December 2023 and extending to January 2024. As this deadline is only five weeks away, it is important that you assess your situation and your capacity to reach agreement with the other parent or care giver. The usual obligation to attempt to negotiate an agreement and obtain a certificate of dispute resolution is still applicable.

Although there are exceptions in cases of urgency, applications filed after the 11th of November 2023 will likely not be heard by the Court until after the Christmas period.

Lindbloms Lawyers’ team of dedicated family lawyers can help answer any of your questions about parenting orders. Give us a call today for a no obligation consultation.